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Belizean patriot and diplomat Ambassador David Gibson passes

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2024. 11:30 pm CST.

By Hugh O’Brien: Breaking Belize News (BBN) received the sad news on Easter Monday that David Allan Kirkwood Gibson one of Belize’s stalwart Ambassador and national patriot has passed away. Ambassador Gibson reportedly died quietly in his sleep.

Ambassador Gibson, who holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Economic Planning from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands, served Belize in numerous capacities. Most notable is that he was one of the longest serving CEO’s, working under both political parties. First he served as CEO under Foreign Minister Dean Barrow from 1993 to 1998, then Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Said Musa from 1998 to 2002, and followed by Foreign Minister Assad Shoman where Ambassador Gibson served as CEO for a short one year stint up to 2003. He also played an active role in the various round of negotiations to resolve the unjust Guatemalan claim on Belize and has lectured or appeared on many talk shows to discuss and educate Belizeans on this very sensitive topic.

In March 2006, Ambassador Gibson succeeded this author (ie. Hugh O’Brien) as the Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB), a position he held until February 2008. During his tenure, Gibson used his diplomatic skills to keep the peace in the Sugar Industry while seeking the best interest of both the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industry Limited (BSI).

Up until his passing, Ambassador Gibson served as the Coordinator of the Think Tank Centre for Strategic Studies Policy Analysis and Research (CSSPAR), which he founded in 1995. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) was the first to publicly post condolences to Ambassador Gibson’s family saying “the MFAFT extends its deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador David Gibson – a true Belizean patriot and one of Belize’s foremost diplomats. May his soul rest in peace.”

BBN and this author also jointly send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ambassador David Gibson. May his soul rest in peace and rise in eternal glory.


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